Edtech in Asia

Members of the Emerge Team have spent the last 2 weeks travelling to Honk Kong, Singapore and China. This Asian tour was to learn about local markets, meet edtech founders looking to expand into Europe, and meet our new investors Qtone.

Here follows a brief taste of the increasing amount of edtech focused activity in Asia:

Edtech focused Accelerators:

  • Slogan Villing Ventures — Jointly launched by educational business company Viling Holdings, and human resource company Slogan — Japan
  • Lithan — In Cooperation with Red Dot Ventures and conducted by Lithan Hall Academy— Singapore
  • MAP (Malaysian Innovation and Creation AcceleratorProgram)— A two week social accelerator program — Malaysia
  • LearnLab — A community and an accelerator, created out of a strong partnership with the nonprofit, Teach for China (TFC). The accelerator is focused on companies from all around China as well as international companies looking to expand to China — Beijing, China
  • EDUGILD — A 16 Week intensive mentorship and product realization program. The first Indian edtech accelerator. — Pune, India

Edtech conferences

  • BETT Asia Leadership Summit — A conference that is bringing together leading decision makers and buyers from high growth markets —Next Conference: November 2016 — Malaysia
  • Edtechx Asia (in partnership with EdtechxGlobal) — A thought leadership platform created to drive conversations and solutions that are transforming the education and lifelong learning needs of Asia in the 21st century.— Next Conference: November 2016— Singapore
  • Learning2 — a conference leveraging technology to help support Global learning — Next Conference: TBD in 2017 — Saigon, Vietnam
  • 21 Century Learning International (21CLHK) — The ninth annual conference for educators and ed tech enthusiasts — Next Conference: TBD — Hong Kong
  • ASB Un-Plugged— American School of Bombay hosts a 4 day conference every other Spring where attendees get student showcases, learning instituites, classroom visits and workshops — Next Conference: April 2017 — Mumbai, India
  • The Asian Conference on Technology in the Classroom — A conference filled with the thought-leaders of technology in the classroom. The event is codenamed, Asia’s Think Tank — Next Conference: May 2016 — Kobe, Japan
  • Apps Event- A Summit that features Google Education- Next conference: October 2016 — Bangkok, Thailand
  • Slush Asia — The larger conference always has an education component, where they showcase new edtech trends and product innovations — Next conference: May 2017 — Tokyo, Japan

A few of the startups we met:


  • KooBits. 1 in 3 Singapore primary school students use KooBits ProblemSums. Although there are many gamified maths tools in the world, ProblemSums boast impressive engagement metrics and focus on efficacy.


  • Snapask, On demand homework help. Take a photo of your homework via the app and get instant help from a tutor. Snapask charges users per question asked — starting at HK$10 (US$1.29) for a single question, or HK$300 (US$38.60) for a bundle of 50 questions. Raised $1.8m in 2015, based in Hong Kong.
  • Vipkids and Vivaling both address the huge appetite for Chinese children to learn English, by providing one-to-one online tutoring services. Vipkid raised $20m in Oct 2015.


  • Teamie builds mobile, social collaborative learning platforms for educational institutes and enterprises. Based in Singapore.
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